The cost of elections: the effects of public sector austerity on electoral integrity and voter engagement

James, Toby S. and Jervier, Tyrone (2017) The cost of elections: the effects of public sector austerity on electoral integrity and voter engagement. Public Money & Management, 37 (7). pp. 461-468. ISSN 0954-0962

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Abstract

Concerns have been raised that insufficient funding has been affecting the delivery of elections in many countries. This paper presents a case study of England and Wales from 2010–2016. It demonstrates that many local authorities saw major real terms cuts and were increasingly over-budget. Those subject to cuts were less likely to undertake public engagement activities. State efforts to encourage voter participation may therefore be a casualty of austerity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: electoral integrity,electoral management,electoral registration,political participation,voter engagement
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2017 05:05
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 00:27
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/63985
DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2017.1351834

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